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Bedford County Bookmobile Destroyed In Fire

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Posted at 5:46 PM, Jul 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 08:38:45-04

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn.  -- The Shelbyville-Bedford County library is trying to figure out how to get more of their books in the hands of kids, after their popular bookmobile burst into flames last week.

The library said it happened on Friday after the person driving it reported engine trouble.

More than a thousand books were lost in the fire on the bus that was nearly 30 years old.  No one was hurt.

The library said the bookmobile was used at several day cares in the county, for kids who couldn’t usually visit the library. Now the library is scrambling to find another way to bring books to kids.

"Those are children who -- in some cases -- don't have access to a library," said Rita Allen, the library director. "The bookmobile brings the library to them, and now we don't have that anymore."

They say for the time being, they'll be packing up books in boxes and delivering them to daycares.

More than 200 books have been donated to the library for the bookmobile after the fire.

The library has also started this indiegogo campaign to raise money for a new bookmobile.